Jul 20, 2013

In Search of Birthday Cakes: Yesterfood's Favorite Finds

After a recent check of my calendar, I realized that I get to make several birthday cakes in the next few weeks. These are fun adventures for me, but I needed some inspiration. I knew I wanted from-scratch layers cakes, but what kinds? I found some beautiful cakes from a few of my favorite bakers. I haven't made any final decisions, but I've narrowed it down to the following lovely creations- my favorite finds. Since none of these gorgeous cakes are mine (darn it), please pin from the original source. 


Let's start with chocolate! If you've been on Pinterest at all, you've probably spotted this take-your-breath-away cake by Heat Oven to 350:


Chocolate Blackout Cake by Heat Oven to 350



Would you like your rich, dark chocolate cake with some fluffy coconut frosting? 
Will Cook for Smiles has you covered!


Chocolate Cake with Whipped Coconut Frosting by Will Cook for Smiles



A sweet vintage chocolate and raspberry confection as interpreted by 
From My Sweet Heart:

The Pink Cake by From My Sweet Heart



Who wouldn't want a big slice of this four-layer oreo delight by Sunny Side Up?

Cookies and Cream Oreo Cake by Sunny Side Up



Pink and sprinkles by The Baking Fairy make this cake magical:

Confetti Chocolate Layer Cake by The Baking Fairy



Of course, classic chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is always popular. 
Here's a luscious looking one from The Curvy Carrot:

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake by The Curvy Carrot




Sometimes it's fun to think about a different kind of cake for birthdays.


My younger daughter's favorite is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. 
The Fauxmartha made this stunner:

Carrot Cake with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting by The Fauxmartha


a hint of honey is the creator of this heavenly, toasty, creamy, coconut cake:

Coconut Cream Cake by a hint of honey


I'm pretty sure I would have the best. birthday. ever. with this 
banana, caramel, and cream cheese sensation from Crazy for Crust:

Banana Cake with Caramel Filling by Crazy for Crust




Italian Cream Cake would make a very special birthday cake. 
Coconut, pecans and cream cheese? Yes, please, Southern With a Twist.

Italian Cream Cheese Cake by Southern With a Twist


White Lights on Wednesday, your lovely Lemonade Layer Cake 
is perfect for a summer birthday:
Lemonade Layer Cake by White Lights on Wednesday


 I had to sneak a little more chocolate in here...the phenomenal chocolate and peanut butter combo in another beauty from The Curvy Carrot:

Peanut Butter Cup Cake by The Curvy Carrot


Pure summer indulgence from Your Home Based Mom, who baked this incredible 
Key Lime Cake. I can see it at a beach or island themed birthday party:
Key Lime Cake by Your Home Based Mom


I did consider making my husband's and older daughter's favorite recipe, the always-popular classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting...and this one from The Southern Lady Cooks looks like the ultimate birthday cake, doesn't it?

3-Layer Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Frosting by The Southern Lady Cooks


As you can see, I still have quite a bit of deciding to do, 
but it's a delicious problem to have. 


One last look...

Which ones would you choose? Is your favorite here?









These cakes can all be seen on Yesterfood's Favorite Finds Pinterest board,
and may have been taken to some of these fun parties!

47 comments:

  1. Awh, thank you so much for including my cake in this wonderful post! I can see why you're having a hard time choosing, these all look fabulous. Happy baking! :)

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    1. It was fun research, Valentina! :) Thanks for your beautiful creation!

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing my cake in this great post. So many beautiful cakes here to choose from.

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for visiting! You inspire all of us cooks and bakers every single day!

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  3. Oh Joy...decisions...decisions! They ALL look so fabulous. For me, my favorite birthday cake is truly a vanilla cake with a chocolate icing. But as I get older (and older!) I find myself experimenting more! I look forward to seeing what you create....you are such a beautiful baker, I'm sure it will be incredible! And thank you so much for featuring one of mine....you are a gem!

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    1. Anne, thank you so much, and thanks for coming by! You are right- it's hard to beat a good vanilla cake with chocolate icing...I love your blog post about ‘I Wish It Were My Birthday’ Cake! Such a sweet story, and such a happy cake! :)

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  4. These all look so good Joy... First saw this post on google plus and shared it and now on Swap N Share Sunday. My favorite birthday cake has to be angel food cake.. My grandma always made me one for years and years. I think at the beginning she made it from scratch and then from a box. Miss those days. I haven't made a cake for a long time.. You are now inspiring me to make one..

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    1. Oh, Marlys, you're so much fun- thank you for sharing!! You know, I've never made a from-scratch angel food cake- I think I've always assumed it would be very difficult. I love the idea of an angel food cake for a birthday cake- I'm so glad you told me about your grandmother making them for you. :)

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  5. That is some awesome inspiration Joy! I don't know how you will choose, they all look so delicious :) Good Luck!

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    1. Lisa, don't tell anyone, but I've made my decision....I think I will make ALL of them, lol!

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  6. Beautiful cakes! So glad to be a party of this collection!

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    1. Thank you, Lyuba! I really love the chocolate and coconut combination in your cake! :)

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  7. Thank you for linking these beautiful cakes, Joy. And thank you for the idea for my son's birthday cake...he loves cookies n cream! I have my eye on the pink cake from My Sweet Heart. I'm so not a baker though!

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    1. Michelle, I'm so glad you enjoyed the cakes- and I bet your son will, too! :) Anne @ My Sweet Heart really does beautiful work. Thank you for coming by!

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  8. I think that carrot cake is my number one! Truly beautiful. This post is "pinning heaven". I'm visiting each site right now!

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    1. Sinea, I love carrot cake, too! The Fauxmartha will be happy to get your vote! :) I am so glad you're visiting everyone's blogs- they have some wonderful creations. Thank you for the visit!

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  9. WOW I suddenly have a huge craving for cake :)

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  10. Thanks so much for including me in this collection. There are some amazingly delicious looking cakes in here. I want to try all of them.

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    1. Nicole, I definitely had the same thought! Thanks for your beautiful chocolate creation! :)

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  11. i will take one of each. They all look scrumptious.
    Thanks for sharing with us at My Sweet and Savory.

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  12. Yes a piece of each would be perfect, please! They all look delicious. I love baking cakes from scratch. You will have to let us know which one(s) you decide to make.

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  13. These all look amazing! It's really hard to choose just one as my favorite, but the pink cake is so pretty and delicious so it has to win in my book :)

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    1. It is really special, isn't it? I bet it's delicious, too! :) Thanks for coming by, Jenni!

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  14. I love cake and it would be fun to try ALL of these! :)

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    1. Ooo, Lesa, I like how you think!! I agree! :)

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    1. It was fun putting this together! Thanks for creating your beautiful banana cake! :)

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  16. Oh my goodness, these cakes all look absolutely amazing. Comfort food at its best! It's so hard to pick a favourite, although I do love coconut, pecans and cream cheese so The Italian Cream Cake is inching ahead in the race :) Thank you for sharing this delicious post with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  17. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... cake! That key lime one looks awesome. I love key lime.
    Found you at What's Cookin' Wednesday

    Lori
    Lori's Culinary Creations

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    1. Yes! It's perfect for summer, isn't it? Thank you so much for coming by! :)

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  18. Oh, goodness - so many great choices! I think I'd have to go with the carrot cake though. I've always been a fan of carrot cake, but for some reason that's *all* I want this summer! Of course, you can also never go wrong with a chocolate and peanut butter combo :) Happy to have found you through Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!

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    1. Tyne, I'm so glad you visited from Wonderful Wednesday! Thanks for your input on the cake choice!! ;)

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  19. The gang at My Personal Accent thinks your post about In Search Of Birthday Cakes is fantastic and we would like to invite you to party with us at starting at 5:00 Thursday nights at our new Blog Strut Peacock Style Link Party to share your creative ideas. Come on over!! http://wp.me/p2Vf55-XA

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for the invitation! :)

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  20. Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

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    1. One of my very favorite hangouts, Holly! Thanks for coming by! :)

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  21. Popping over from Best of the Weekend to say YUM! I love layer cakes...some of these are definitely going on my to-make list! Thanks for compiling them. :)

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    1. Samantha, thanks so much, and thank you for the visit! :)

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  22. Hi Joy! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing birthday cake post at Best of the Weekend! Love having you with us and of course, see you Sunday for Let's Get Social. :) Have a wonderful weekend!

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  23. G'day and WOW!! Awe inspiring for me today, true!
    mmmmmmm having a craving now for choc cake too;Viewing as part of Foodie Friends Friday
    Cheers! Joanne
    http://www.facebook.com/whatsonthelist

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    1. Thanks, Joanne, and thank you for stopping by from FFF! I enjoyed my visit to your blog and to your FB page! :)

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  24. Thanks for sharing these great cake recipes at the Tried and True party.

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  25. I've been trying to avoid making a cake for a while since if it's made, I'll want to eat it...all. However, my resistance is wavering after seeing all these yummy looking cakes! Maybe a "first day of school" cake is in order for my kids :)

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    1. Rhonda, I LOVE the way you think. ;) Thank you for coming by, and I hope the kids have a great first day!

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  26. Thank you for linking these beautiful cakes, Joy. And thank you for the idea for my son's birthday cake...he loves cookies n cream! I have my eye on the pink cake from My Sweet Heart. I'm so not a baker though!

    Birthday cake makers

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    1. They are all very talented bakers, aren't they? :) You son would be so happy with a cake in his favorite flavor, and that Cookies and Cream Cake is a stunner- 4 layers! The pink cake: if you haven't visited her website, you should. She bakes beautiful things!

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